Category Archives: Climate Change Humor

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So lonely, misunderstood…

What a great example of how to breath life into an abstract topic—renewable energy—by turning it into a human character.    Add bits of emotional drama, surprise and slightly-risque humor. . . and the story becomes irresistible!

This award-winning ad by the power company Epuron and the German Ministry for the Environment (BMU) went viral a few years ago,  and has taken on a life of its own,  recently reaching 4+ million hits on YouTube.    A good story always draws a crowd.

This ad was shown at the Climate Reality leadership training in SF last August to illustrate effective communication.

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Stephen Colbert: NC Sink or Swim

Thank god for parody— the best tool for puncturing puffed-up politicians who parade their ignorance.

Here, Stephen Colbert skewers the North Carolina legislature’s proposal to outlaw use of climate models in coastal planning.

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‘But we can’t afford to change our ways.’

People who say we can’t afford switching to a low-carbon economy almost never consider the cost of not making that transition.     This reminds me of one of my all-time favorite cartoons. (1)

Yes, moving to a low-carbon economy will be difficult, bumpy and entail costs.    Yet by almost any measure it will be far, far more costly Continue reading

Climate Communication Graphics, Climate Change Metaphors:  
The real doping scandal: Weather on steroids.

Is the increase in extreme weather due to climate change?    This little clip from the National Center from Atmospheric Research (NCAR) provides the clearest — and most entertaining — answer we’ve seen.

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Climate Communication Graphics:  
NASA accused of promoting gay climate change agenda

By Marcus Manfred, The Chicago Dope* (cross post)

The National Aeronautical Space Administration is facing the heat from Republicans who accuse it of pushing a pro-gay climate change agenda by adding the color hot pink to its global climate maps. NASA made the change because of unusually warm weather in the arctic.

“I can handle a variety of colors. We tolerated Continue reading

Climate Communication Graphics:  
Dog walker’s guide to weather vs. climate

(Video from Siffer, Teddy TV.    Animator: Ole Christoffer Hager)

This simple animation, illustrating the difference between variation vs. trend, or weather vs. climate, has become an instant classic.

It demonstrates most of the characteristics of a great metaphor, by. . . Continue reading

Climate Communication Humor:  
The Evolution of Man

Ascent & Descent.

Skeptical Science unearthed this gem,  inspired by the December 2009 Copenhagen conference.  It’s by Nicholas Garland, The Telegraph’s first cartoonist, who retired in 2011.  We’ve collected our favorite climate cartoons here, along with links to some much larger (but unselective) collections.